The JUSTICE Project

Justice for Underserved Students: Teacher Preparation in Inclusive Classroom Environments

The JUSTICE Project at Canisius College provides teacher education candidates, faculty, and area K-12 teachers with opportunities to learn about and address the critical issues facing educators in today's classrooms.  The work of the project affords opportunities to build partnerships and work collaboratively with stakeholders to promote best practices in education.

The project's scope of work is driven by eleven elements.  Each element addresses a current educational topic that has been identified as critical in the efforts to improve urban education for children with special needs.

The JUSTICE Project's initiatives include research, enhancement of Canisius College’s Special Education Program curriculum, providing area K-12 teachers with ingoing professional development trainings, integration of assistive technology into classrooms, inclusive classroom.

2015-16 Professional Development Series

The Mindful Teacher: Incorporating Pro-Active Behavioral Interventions to Better Support Students

This series will focus on evidence-based practices to improve behavioral and academic outcomes for all students. During the sessions the following topics will be covered:

  • Addressing classroom management and disciplinary issues for students with significant emotional and behavioral concerns.
  • Developing school-wide practices to support positive behavior using a continuum of supports.
  • Assessment and evaluation of behavioral interventions using data.
  • Evidence-based strategies to address problem behaviors in the classroom.
  • Working collaboratively with parents to promote cohesive behavior support programs.
  • Successful implementation of PBIS models in local schools.

Session Dates: 

* All sessions will be held from 4:00-6:30 pm in the Grupp Fireside Lounge at Canisius (located in the student center)

➢ September 23, 2015-PBIS Overview

➢ October 14, 2015-Motivating Hard to Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students

➢ November 18, 2015-Safe and Civil Schools Presentation

➢ January 20, 2016-Informed Decisions using Data

➢ February 24, 2016-Panel of Successful PBIS Models

➢ March 9, 2016-Working with Parents

April 20, 2016-Teacher Showcase of Research Studies

Professional Development (PD) Hours: Participants will be awarded 2.5 professional development hours for each session attended, and can receive up to 17.5 hours for attending all 7 sessions.

Registration Information

  • Seating is limited, register prior to attending sessions
  • Registration is limited to Canisius community members, teacher candidates, and educators working in area schools


ATTENTION Buffalo Public School Faculty:
You must register for this series through your Teacher Center using the PGS  


JUSTICE Elements

The JUSTICE Elements encompass the project’s mission to improve teacher education programs to help improve urban education  and the education of students with high incidence disabilities. These elements address pedagogy supported by evidence based practices that will facilitate and promote the project’s goal.

 View the JUSTICE Elements Handout


Learn More About the JUSTICE Project

For further information contact:

Patricia Waters, PhD
JUSTICE Project Administrator or 716-888-3742

Funded through Grant H32T110018